Yogashakti Yoga Center director Mokshapriya Shakti began her yoga practice in 1970, developing experience with hatha yoga as the centering modality was experiencing a spike in popularity in the United States. Mokshapriya used her wealth of knowledge to lead an accredited yoga course for high-school students in Miami, learning how to awaken young people to the benefits of yoga before establishing Yogashakti Yoga Center in New York. At the studio, Mokshapriya taps her teaching know-how to create a curriculum that accommodates beginner, intermediate, and experienced students from all walks of life, from childhood to advanced age. Bolstered by a duo of certified instructors, Mokshapriya helps students unify their mind, body, and spirit animal through uplifting hatha-style yoga classes, emphasizing proper alignment and meditative self-reflection during gently paced sessions.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
With a plethora of features under one roof, the Central Queens Y prides itself on providing an exceptional place for adults and families to spend quality time and enrich their lives. Within their five-story, 35,000 square-foot space, the health and fitness center boasts amenities such as an exercise studio for fitness classes, a full-court gymnasium for basketball games, a 25-yard heated pool for swimmers, and a ?Body Shop? fitness center with cardio and strength training equipment. The club is also host to a variety of kids pursuits. In addition to sports, camp, swimming, and dance programs, children can also enroll in pre- and after-school programs.
Pilates is for everyone. This is the idea behind Spencer Pilates Arts, where students of all abilities and ages study the fitness method made famous by Joseph H. Pilates. The method consists of exercises that strengthen the core, tone muscles, and even lengthen the body for those who don't have rubber bones. Originally used by dancers and acrobats due to its many benefits, it's now employed by a wide range of fitness instructors. One of those instructors is Spencer Baker, who started out incorporating Pilates exercises into his job and now shares the core-strengthening method with his members at his center.
For more than five years, the classes at HotYoga4You Rego Park have helped practitioners stretch out over the course of 90 minutes. But, in the fast-paced world of yoga instruction, tradition is secondary to innovation. Responding to the popular demands of their students, the center's instructors now offer a brand-new 60-minute version of their signature class. The hour-long classes include the same poses and breathing as their 90-minute counterparts. By shaving off the excess 30 minutes, instructors save their students some precious time, which they can then use for important business such as picking the kids up from soccer practice or building a scale replica of the soccer stadium out of old game programs.
FunfitNYC's team of instructors call upon their diverse backgrounds and training experience to carefully choreograph and lead classes designed to help clients hone healthy bodies and self-confidence. The studio's schedule of regular classes includes Zumba sweat sessions—involving simple yet energetic steps set to Latin tunes—and belly dancing classes, which focus on fundamental moves such as hip drops, rolls, and food processing. Particular muscle groups receive specialized attention in classes such as the Ab-tastic and Legs & Booty. And, during striptease sessions, students tap into the sensual side of fitness in a safe and friendly environment.